Support FOIA Reform and End Fee Bullying
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Support FOIA Reform and End Fee Bullying

To: Rep. Farhat, Sen. Santana, Gov. Whitmer

From: A verified voter in Dearborn, MI

April 24

I am writing to urge your support for legislation to improve Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processes in our state. Recent research by MuckRock reveals that Michigan ranks among the top 10 states with a median FOIA fee of $151, creating significant barriers to transparency and citizen engagement. The issue of fee bullying in FOIA requests is unacceptable. These excessive costs hinder our right to access essential government information. I implore you to introduce legislation that addresses this problem head-on. It's crucial to ensure fair and reasonable fee structures that do not deter citizens from seeking transparency. Michigan residents deserve open and accountable government, and reforming FOIA practices is a crucial step towards this goal. I urge you to take action to improve FOIA accessibility and end fee bullying.

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